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The Morning Brew: Obama administration boots Russians amid election hacking allegations

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Obama administration's Response to Russian hacking campaign: Get out

The Obama administration kicked dozens of Russian officials out of the country and closed two Russian-held properties in the U.S. where the White House said intelligence-gathering activities commenced. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates employees of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, with their professional holiday during a recorded TV address in Moscow, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulates employees of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, with their professional holiday during a recorded TV address in Moscow, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The retaliation is in response to what White House described as a hacking campaign by the Russians to interfere in the U.S. presidential election, The Baltimore Sun reported. 

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The steps are part of a sweeping package designed to punish the Russian government over what the U.S. intelligence community has concluded was a concerted effort to interfere in this year's presidential election. Russian operatives are suspected of hacking into the computers of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman and leaking private messages through sites including WikiLeaks.

"These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior," President Barack Obama, who is vacationing in Hawaii for the holidays, said in a statement. "All Americans should be alarmed by Russia's actions."

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FILE - In this May, 6, 2015 file photo, Oklahoma state Rep. Dan Kirby, R-Tulsa, left, talks with a college on the House floor in Oklahoma City. A sexual harassment complaint against Kirby was settled without the representative's knowledge or input, attorneys for the Oklahoma House said Friday Dec. 23, 2016. A former legislative assistant to Kirby and her attorneys were paid $44,500 to settle her complaint that she was fired in November 2015 without an explanation in retaliation for reporting the alleged harassment. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki File)
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